Special Session’s Likely “Deal” Emerging

In coverage from the Capital Gazette online, the state’s special session seems to be coming into increasing focus as the Governor and legislative leaders announced general layout of the revised budget plan anticipated for next week’s special session. From the article:

In announcing his budget plan with Miller and Busch, O’Malley said the details have been worked out, and the House and Senate have agreed to pass the spending and revenue package in three days.

O’Malley said the special session will focus solely on completing the budget, and other bills will not be brought up.

Secretary of Budget and Management Eloise Foster said the budget will include transferring teachers’ pensions to the counties over a four-year period. Starting next year, she said, the state and the counties will split the burden evenly, and the counties’ obligations will increase every year afterward.

Additional coverage can be found in the Baltimore Sun (limited free views available).

Michael Sanderson

Executive Director Maryland Association of Counties

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